Reviews and Problems with Sigma APO 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM
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Unbeatable Lens for the Price but, It's Heavy
michael lynch, Amazon
15 July 2013
Summary: Having had this lens for a few years, now I can tell you it is a terrific deal for the price. Mostly used for wildlife, I recommend, a good sturdy tripod. I find, the auto focus to be sharp and fast. Many shots I have taken using center focus, panning and continuous shooting mode, while shooting birds in flight. On a sunny day, with high shutter speeds, you can shoot some award-winning photos. Low light conditions or, handheld at over 300mm would be a different story.
Summary: Once i receive the lens i get to excited ,so i attached the Zeikos ZE-UV95 95 mm Multi-Coated UV Filter, to protect it. then i try it tens of time, but i was not happy with the result, the captures was not Sharp enough. And i review the settings and all the expectations that may affect the quality of the picture and I unfortunately useless!! So i get disappointed, because i spend much money on it. but recently i remove the protect lens that i attached.
Summary: I just got this lens yesterday and took some test shots. I took one close up of a tree while the wing was high. I was on Iso 400, f/6.3, 500mm, 1/160sec, hand held. It was very sharp with no blur from the leaves moving. The detail was amazing. I feel that this lens was a great investment. Yes, it is a bit heavy but what would be expected from a lens of this size. The focus drive motor is nearly silent, very fast and accurate.
Summary: I was aware of the comments surrounding the prior incarnation of the Sigma 50-500mm and how it was just short of amazing. When this version was introduced, I bought it immediately, without waiting for reviews, as I suspected Sigma paid attention to comments and made the lens what it should be. This lens constantly blows me away for what it can do. I could go extreme geek. but I'm more interested in relaying this lens' usability.
Summary: I recently had a very difficult choice to make... I was looking to extend my range a bit (my longest lens was a 75-300) and after thinking it over for a fair amount of time I went with the Sigma 50 - 500. Part of that decision came down to the fact that I already have a sigma 1.4x teleconverter which gives me effectively 70 - 700 with this lens. My first impression upon arrival was BIG. It's very big. Did I say that it's big? Oh, by the way, it's very heavy too!
Summary: I have been using a sigma 50-500mm 4-6.3 in the sony/minolta mount (no HSM an no OS) for quite a while and I've loved the lens though it was a bit soft of focus at 500 mm. It rarely left my camera. I used it for birding and some semi macro shooting and have some wonderful pictures I've taken with it. I've been debating if to upgrade for along time and finally did it. I wish I had sooner! The new 50-500 is much sharper and the OS on the lens works very well.
Summary: I bought this lens to use with my Canon 60D. So far I have taken some AMAZING shots of everything from alligators to moths. I have very little negative to say about it. I love the fact that it comes with it's own very well cushioned bag for transport along with two hoods. The construction seems excellent (with one exception), and I have had no problems with the auto or manual focus which I think a couple other people noted.
Summary: I have always wanted one of the canon 500mm apo lenses. Well this isn't that lens! However its impressive for the price. I have taken several images in a variety of lighting conditions at the full focal length and the image quality is very good. I did find some vignetting but not too noticeable. With a small lens correction in light room or photoshop and it is right as rain.
Summary: This lens has astounding quality for a zoom that covers an amazing reach in both directions. It's a heavy thing to tote around but I've gotten some amazingly sharp photographs in the field hand-holding at 500mm. Like any other lens, getting tack-sharp results requires paying attention to technique but this one has glass that will reward you in the end.
Summary: I purchased the 50-500 for Canon early in 2011 and it has performed flawlessly thru its entire range. The Object Stabilization is great and allows for on-the-spot readiness out in the field or back yard or seashore or wherever without the burden of a tripod or other lenses. The weight and full extension of the lens in terms of steadiness could be a bit more of an issue for some physiques despite the OS (I am 6'2", 210 lbs, and work out a bit).